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Red Wing City Council President Ralph Rauterkus commands tremendous power, inadvertent and temporary though it may be. He currently is both president and mayor under the City Charter, which means he can set the agenda, cast deciding votes, veto council actions and appoint people to commissions and boards. He wields this power only until citizens elect a new mayor Feb. 8, but does so at a crucial time: key appointments are on the table. Put bluntly, a power play -- and we're not saying he's making one -- could last two to six years.
To the Editor: Dean Hove pays constant attention to his constituents and votes the way we want. Red Wing is levying nearly $2 million less per year than when we first elected Hove in 2002, with corresponding cuts in spending. Hove rejected borrowing against our children's future once again (R-E Oct 16). Hove understands that staying out of debt is the soundest fiscal practice and paying for things with credit will only cost citizens more in the long run. Challenging economic times require competent leadership.
To the Editor: I know known Joe Boles, candidate for Pierce County judge, for a number of years. As soon as I heard of Joe's run for judge, I contacted him to offer my complete support. He did not have to ask of my help. I knew he was a great candidate for the office and it would be my honor to back him. I have always found Joe to be a caring and respectful person. After I receive injuries in an auto accident, I got to know Joe as an attorney with the same qualities. Joe's first question to me was always "How are you?" He made me feel I was the most important part of the case.
To the Editor: The American Red Cross is asking all healthy Type 0 donors to come and donate blood at a special draw from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Lutheran Church at Fifth and Dakota streets. Donating blood is one of the greatest gifts that a donor can give. For a patient in need, it can mean a difference between life and death. Marian Gustafson Red Wing Marian Gustafson is the local Bloodmobile coordinator.
To the Editor: My wife and I have been in the banking business most of our working lives. We purchased the Maiden Rock Bank in 1981 and one of the first things we did was hire Bob Loberg as our attorney. Bob was also the village attorney. He became our adviser, not as our lawyer but as our friend. We have known Bob, Spring and their family most of their lives. Bob is not only our lawyer, our adviser, our confidant, but was also a good neighbor.
To the Editor: On Jan. 25, 2010, our community lost one of the founding fathers of the Humane Society of Goodhue County, Frank Bemis. In 1983, Bemis along with his wife, Dolores, and a few dedicated individuals saw a need for an animal rescue organization and they started what is now known as the Humane Society of Goodhue Count. In 1989 plans and then construction of a permanent shelter began under the direction of Bemis along with a generous donation from Virginia Lewellen (who passed away in 2000).
To the Editor: I attended the Red Wing City Council meeting Monday night. What an eye-opener. The Port Authority again was asking for a levy with a 10 percent increase. Thank goodness for the council people who commented on who gets a 10 percent increase in this economy. But it makes me wonder who gets hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to operate in the red, at the taxpayers' expense? If the Port has been in the red for the past 5-6 years, why would the city even consider another half-million dollars? Where does it end?
To the Editor: The Port Authority is currently $1 million in debt. In 2008 I approached the Port to pay this amount for the CRL property for my expanded winery. Unfortunately, the Port's unreasonable contract terms forced the negotiations to come to a halt. Otherwise, there would now be Minnesota's largest winery up and running for all of Red Wing citizens and thousands of tourists to enjoy. I would like to think these early negotiations helped to expose the weaknesses and harmful activities the Port has engaged in for years. We cannot change the past.
To the Editor: Thank you to the City Council for its vote on Monday to reject the levy increase to the Port Authority.
To the Editor: By now maybe you've seen the posters around the city asking you if you have remembered to "bring your own bag." If it sounds inconvenient to bring a bag into the store, please remember that approximately 150,000 sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die each year from eating discarded bags mistaken for food. But also remember that you can help. All you have to do is bring a reusable bag into any retail store. They are available everywhere in every price.